The Edwardian Era
The sport of Australian football as played in 2000 was in many ways dissimilar to that of a century earlier, but the astute obsever would also have noticed a surprising number of similarities. The core rules permitting players to kick the ball, handpass, take marks, run with the ball whilst bouncing it and register two types of score, goals worth six points and behinds worth one, were essentially the same. Perhaps the most noteworthy difference would be the speed and smoothness with which the professional stars of 2000 effected their skills when compared to their part time, officially "unpaid" predecessors.
The progress of the sport from hobby to profession was gradual, and in many ways unplanned. I am working on the site in more or less chronological order so expect most of the early entries to be from the first two or three decades of the twentieth century. The site will be continually expanding and evolving so please visit the site often if you wish to keep abreast of developments.
Collingwood fans in the outer at Victoria Park during the 1909 season when the Magpies ultimately procured the premiership courtesy of a 9.7 (61) to 6.11 (47) defeat of Carlton in the challenge final.